Kevin Smith Laments ‘Spider-Man’ Oscar Snob
Comedian, filmmaker and comic book writer Kevin Smith is unhappy with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
During a recent episode of his FatMan Beyond podcast (via Variety), Smith praised Spider-Man: No Coming Homeand lamented that the Marvel blockbuster was not nominated for Best Picture for the upcoming 94th Academy Awards.
“What the fuck is this,” Smith said of the Spider Man snub.
“They have 10 seats, can they give one to the biggest fucking movie of the last three years?” he asked.
At the start of the week, the Academy has released its nominations for the 2022 Oscars, and while Spider-Man: No Coming Home was nominated for a visual effects award, the film was not considered for the much-vaunted Best Picture award.
Smith, whose film Clerks was inducted into the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 2019, insisted that Spider Man deserved to be considered among the best movies of 2021, and that its snobbishness is symbolic of the direction the Oscars have been going for years.
“Dude, and they’re like, ‘Why isn’t anybody watching this show? “”, Did he declare. “Like fucking making a populist choice, damn, man. How many slots do you have? Throw Spider Man For God’s sake. Let it swing in there. Poor fucking kid who always gets pissed off…show Peter Parker some fucking love.”
“I’m not even being facetious,” Smith added. “With so many movies they’ve nominated for Best Picture.”
Released on December 17, 2021, Spider-Man: No Coming Home was the “first film of the COVID-19 era to do business at the pre-pandemic level”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Amassing $702.7 million in ticket sales in its first month in theaters, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the third installment of the Tom Holland-directed film Spider Man The franchise was the fourth highest-grossing film domestically in history, landing behind three heavy hitters: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Endgame and James Cameron Avatar.
Despite showy sales figures and massive social media buzz, No coming homelike the majority of comic book-based films, did not receive the same critical acclaim as its cinematic counterparts.
Besides the 2020s Joker, for which lead Joaquin Phoenix won the Academy Award for Best Actor, superhero films have been largely ignored by the Academy. Recently, Initiated revealed that, with the exception of visual effects and production awards, even the greatest superhero films aren’t nominated for the biggest, most anticipated Oscars.
Like Smith, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Rogen both took aim at the Academy.
Kimmel, whose late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! resides under the same Disney umbrella as Spider Manwas exasperated that the Dutch-led box office success hadn’t received greater recognition at the Oscars.
“[No Way Home] was a great movie,” Kimmel said. “Wasn’t it in the top 10 best movies of the year? There were three Spider-Men in it. You tell me Don’t look up was better than Spider Man? It certainly wasn’t.”
Rogen, who Initiated interviewed alongside Paul Rudd for the upcoming Super Bowl ad for Lay’s potato chips, said the Oscars once held immense weight, but their importance has diminished in recent years.
“I don’t understand why movie people care so much about other people if other people care about the rewards we give ourselves,” Rogen said. Initiated. “Maybe people don’t care. Maybe they did for a while and stopped caring. And why should they?”